Polarity #1

Polarity #1

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Jorge Coelho, Felipe Sobreiro Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: April 3, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
8.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

From the mind of SAY ANYTHING frontman Max Bemis comes POLARITY, a manic-depressive spin on the superhero genre. Timothy Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art -- better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn't just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania...it's been suppressing his super powers! Now it's time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world.

  • 9.7
    IGN - Melissa Grey Apr 3, 2013

    When Tim discovers that not all of his delusions are products of his addled consciousness, the realization does not mitigate the power of what came before. Bemis' plot twist doesn't negate the character's mental illness but rather places him in a situation in which he will have to navigate the murky waters of his own psyche while delving into a mystery that not even his manic paranoia could have concocted. Bemis puts his protagonist through the ringer in more ways than one as he learns that reality may indeed be stranger than the elaborate fictions in his head. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Apr 4, 2013

    Suffice it to say, “Polarity” is definitely off to a good start. It'scertainly a good debut for a new creator (if it were someone lesser known than Bemis, you could almost guarantee a huge celebratory deal would be made), and it makes for quite an entertaining read. It's a book that has all the makings of a classic origin story, and aside from some awkward dialogue and a fewexaggeratedtropes, there's a lot to like. Add in a free song to listen to while reading and “Polarity” is a sharp story in a beautiful package that you'd do well not to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 3, 2013

    Polarity looks to be a breakout hit for Boom! and not just because of the background of its writer. While Bemis brings a very dedicated fanbase, he's at least created something here that doesn't require any previous knowledge of his work to get into. Coupled with excellent artwork of Coelho and Sobreiro, this issues sets to the stage for what is sure to be an entertaining miniseries that fans of Infinite Vacation and Luther Strode would definitely be into. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Apr 8, 2013

    If you're tired of all the same stories and like your comics smart, unexpected, and slightly off the beaten path, give "Polarity" #1 a read. It has all the elements in place to be not only a hell of a first issue, but also a hell of a mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Apr 9, 2013

    The artwork is pretty wicked on this one. Jorge Coehlo really brings things out in an original way. While Max Bemis's writing although a little pretentious is still praiseworthy. Mostly 'cause I have a feeling it's deliberately pretentious. There are dozens of other tricks and goodies hidden in this comic book. I'm sure of it. Contrary to what one might assume this particular comic has been very carefully designed. As a first issue I can say the series has some mind-blowing potential trapped inside. A grab-worthy read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TylerM Apr 5, 2013

    I would have been perfectly fine with the slice-of-life story that was presented to me, but that isn't exactly where this book is going. It's definitely got more of a hook than that, and you should check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Apr 7, 2013

    Polarity #1 is a promising start from Max Bemis and Jose Coelho. There are some missteps, but for Bemis' first comic book writing credit, the good far outweighs the bad. It looks like things should go up from here, so if you like weird in your reading, you should give Polarity a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Trials Apr 5, 2013

    This is the type of book that grabs you immediately and just will not let go. The type that by the end of issue #1 you wish was not a 4-issue mini-series. Most of us know Max Bemis from Say Anything as the frontman of a band that filled our teenage years with music we could relate to; now comes Polarity - a comic that takes a poetic and hilarious view on bi-polar disorder. It's a comic that is fresh with ideas, dripping with savory substance and one that unexpectedly went from "Eh, maybe I'll grab this" to "This is the book of the week you MUST check out." So....Check this out!

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